Tolleson, the hub of the west end of Salt River Valley, was founded in 1912 by Walter G. and Alethea H. Tolleson, and incorporated in 1929. The city has a total area of 5.6 square miles.
The 1980’s marked the entry of Fry’s Food and Drug and Albertson’s Distribution Centers that generated spinoff industrial development to Tolleosn by showcasing the community’s advantageous proximity to major shipping thoroughfares- a prerequisite for industrial businesses. Interstate 10, Union Pacific Railroad and State Route 85 (Buckeye Road) trisect Tolleson within a one mile radius creating a synergistic environment for such significant companies as PepsiCo, Bose, Nabisco, Weyerhauser, McKelvey Trucking.
Tolleson is the west valley’s industrial employment center hosting over 20 Fortune 500 companies employing more than 20,000, compared to just over 7,000 residents resulting in one of the most impressive jobs-to-residents ratios in the nation.
Although small, Tolleson is in the middle of it all, with Phoenix International Raceway 10 minutes south and entertainment venues in Glendale, Peoria, Goodyear and Phoenix 10 minutes north and east.
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